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M83 to score Tom Cruise sci-fi epic 'Oblivion'

June 29, 2012|By August Brown
  • Anthony Gonzalez, who performs as M83, has become a major international artist since moving to L.A. two years ago.
Anthony Gonzalez, who performs as M83, has become a major international… (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los…)

When we interviewed M83's Anthony Gonzalez earlier this year, the French epic-electronica producer mentioned film work as a major new goal. Recounting a trip to Joshua Tree, he said: "You just drive for an hour, and it's like being in a sci-fi movie out there, which was perfect for the kind of music I make."

He can now check "sci-fi epic score-writing" off that list -- he's been tapped to compose original music for Tom Cruise's new thriller, "Oblivion."

The Playlist reports that the film's director, Joseph Kosinski, who previously helmed"Tron: Legacy"(which had an original score by another French electronica act, Daft Punk), is a longtime fan of M83's synethetic enormity, listing to "Before the Dawn Heals Us" and other of the band's albums while working on the story. The film is set in a post-apocalyptic dystopia where Cruise plays a drone repairman whose life is upended when he rescues a mysterious stranger.

Gonzalez's latest album as M83, "Hurry Up, We're Dreaming," earned wide praise for its mix of titanic electronics and earnest pop vocals. He told the Playlist,  "I'm always trying to push myself and I try to do it with my studio albums, and now this is a new adventure, so I'm going to push myself even harder, and try to surprise people and move people with my music...My vision is really to have a combination of very electronic moments, very M83, and sometimes merge into something more soundtrack-y, but my kind of soundtracks."

The film, from Universal, already has an expected release date of April 26, 2013. The band's next L.A. show is at FYF Fest in September.

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